Fans of the British rockers will want to get their hands on a new range of collectable coins from Royal Mint which features the band. The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, has undoubtedly provided a fitting way to celebrate the iconic band.
Celebrating Music Legends
The Who collectable coin is the fourth in The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ series. It follows coins in honour of Queen, Elton John and David Bowie. The coin’s dynamic design includes some of the most iconic symbols from the band’s live and loud performances – including a union flag, Mod logo and speaker-smashing Rickenbacker guitar.
Together, the symbols on the coin form a pinball table, a nod to the single Pinball Wizard and album Tommy, one of the band’s most famous creations. With the latest colour printing technology, elements of the coin have been digitally printed to showcase the vibrant red, white, and blue of the band’s emblem.
Using the latest innovative technology and manufacturing techniques, several coins will feature a special ‘shockwave’ effect, radiating from the speaker – elevating the detail of the coin. Designers and craftspeople at the Mint have developed this effect in honour of The Who’s record-breaking loud concert – a record that was held for a decade.
Seal Of Approval
Co-founder and lead singer, Roger Daltrey, gave his seal of approval during a recent visit to The Royal Mint. As part of his visit, the singer was invited to strike one of the very first coins. “It’s an honour to have a coin produced to celebrate The Who’s musical legacy,” expressed Daltrey.
“The coin’s design captures the true essence of the band and what we represent. It was a fantastic moment being able to strike one of the very first pieces in the collection and see the range of technologies and processes involved in the making of the coin.” Pete Townshend, Lead Guitarist of The Who also added that he was delighted that the band’s work is being recognised by this fantastic range of coins from The Royal Mint.
The Who began with three schoolboys who all shared a love of music, from jazz and skiffle, to rock and rhythm & blues. The band was initially made up of John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and later joined by Keith Moon.
With a musical legacy spanning more than 50 years, and an impressive record of a 100 million albums sold worldwide, over a billion global streams, members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame, the BRIT and Grammy Award winning, The Who, are considered by many today as ‘The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.’
The Who coin is available as limited-edition precious metal proof editions as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. View the full collection on The Royal Mint’s website.